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Ray Charles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” Rolling Stone ranked Charles number 10 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley. I don't know if Ray was the architect of rock & roll, but he was certainly the first guy to do a lot of things . . . Who the hell ever put so many styles together and made it work?" Description above from the Wikipedia article Ray Charles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Sep 23, 1930 In Albany, Georgia USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie I Am Not Your Negro 2017-02-03
Known For
Poster of Ray Charles: Live at the Olympia
Poster of The Blues
Poster of Blue's Big Musical Movie
Poster of Ray Charles Live - In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony
Movie I Am Not Your Negro Himself (archive footage) 2017-02-03
Movie Face of Unity Himself 2014-01-01
Series Cachitos de hierro y cromo Unknown 2013-10-27
Movie Fats Domino : Walking To New-Orleans Live Lui même 2007-01-01
Movie Ray Charles: Live at the Olympia 2006-12-12
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie Ray Charles: O-Genio - Live In Brazil 1963 2004-11-16
Movie Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' Himself 2003-05-26
Movie Piano Blues 2003-01-01
Movie The Blues - Piano Blues 2003-10-04
Series The Blues Unknown 2003-09-28
Movie Ray Charles: Live: Montreux Jazz Festival 2002-01-01
Movie Ray Charles - In Concert Himself 2001-03-20
Movie Blue's Big Musical Movie G-Clef (voice) 2000-10-03
Movie Ray Charles: Live At Montreux 1997-10-20
Movie Spy Hard Busdriver 1996-05-24
Movie Love Affair Himself 1994-10-21
Series The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Movie The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Himself 1990-11-21
Movie Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones Himself 1990-10-03
Movie Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Ray Charles 1989-01-01
Movie Limit Up Julius 1989-11-02
Series Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
Series Who's the Boss? Unknown 1984-09-20
Movie Octopussy Thug 1983-06-05
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie Ray Charles Live - In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Himself 1981-01-27
Movie The Blues Brothers Ray 1980-06-17
Series Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Unknown 1980-11-18
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Barbra Streisand... and Other Musical Instruments Himself 1973-02-10
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22
Series The Johnny Cash Show Himself 1969-06-07
Movie The Big T.N.T. Show Himself 1966-01-07
Movie Ballad in Blue himself 1965-02-18
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20